Richard Nixon was gracious in 1960 when he lost the presidency to John F. Kennedy in an extremely close election.
He was bitter in 1962 when he lost the governorship of Californian to Pat Brown, famously blaming the press and saying “You won’t have Richard Nixon to kick around any more, because gentlemen, this is my last press conference.” He went on, however, to win the presidency in 1968 and 1972.
MC American Presidents: “View the full speech here: http://millercenter.org/scripps/archi… After the turmoil of the Watergate scandal, and the initiation of impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives, President Nixon decides to resign from office and announces the decision to the American people. August 8th, 1974.”
Poignant Farewell to White House Staff
Richard Nixon Foundation, August 9, 1974: President Nixon bids farewell to the White House staff.
Money quote: “”Others may hate you. Those who hate you only win when you hate them. And then, you destroy yourself.” Interesting quotes in the comments.